...Highlights: turtles, great macro life/marine diversity...
...Diving environment: wall diving, beginner divers, very popular...
Koh Phi Phi remains one of the best loved holiday resort destinations in Thailand, not just because of the beautiful beaches, bays and islands made famous by movies such as 'The Beach', but also because of the excellent scuba diving that Phi Phi has to offer.
The islands lie in a national marine park and dive sites here differ substantially from the other destinations we offer in Thailand. Here there are dramatic limestone walls decorated with healthy soft corals, gorgonians branching out from the many colourful walls, and dives ending in shallow coral gardens where all manner of marine life frolic among the soft corals and sponges. Show more
You can dive here on daytrip boats from the resort island of Phuket or from Krabi (both 40 km away), and of course from Phi Phi Island itself, so you can combine your dives with a stay in one of our recommended resorts in any of these areas.
However, if you plan on doing a few days diving here then we recommend you stay on Phi Phi itself as the boat journey times to the sites is much less.
The dive sites can also be visited by liveaboard, taking in the best diving the area has to offer in that season.
The Koh Phi Phi scuba diving season runs all year round but the best conditions exist from February to May. The waters are at their calmest, warmest (29-30°C) and clearest during this time. In January and December the waters are at their coldest, around 27°C. The visibility usually ranges from 30m (at its best between January and April) down to 10m.
November to January sees prevailing north westerlies bringing waves to the eastern shores, and cooler waters. Most diving consequently takes place on the sheltered western side of the islands.
Late May to October brings south westerly monsoon winds and surface swells to the islands, lowering visibility by about 25%, but it's pretty rare that diving trips are cancelled due to bad weather. October also brings some heavy rains to the Andaman Sea.
Review our maps below of the Phi Phi Islands and their host country Thailand. Here, you will find information on how to get to Koh Phi Phi.
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 5 - 20m
Surface conditions: Can be choppy
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: ~15
Distance: ~45 km east of Phuket (3 hours), 30 km south west of Krabi (2½ hours)
Recommended length of stay: 5 - 7 days